statesman news service
NEW DELHI, 13 JUNE: Setting aside cancellation of the candidature of a Delhi Police aspirant, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has ruled that a mere allegation of involvement in criminal offences cannot deprive a person of the opportunity to be recruited in government service. The candidate was accused of molesting a woman but was later acquitted of the charge.
“In our considered view, there is a difference between involvement in offences involving moral turpitude like outraging the modesty of a woman and mere allegation to that effect with the motive to deprive a person of his opportunity to be recruited in government service,” a CAT bench of members Mr George Paracken and Mr Shekhar Agarwal said.
The tribunal quashed Delhi police order cancelling the candidature of Mr Vipin Rathi for the post of constable by relying on his submission that during trial of the criminal case against him, the parties agreed to settle out of court the offences which were compoundable. With regard to the rest of the alleged offences which were non-compoundable, no evidence was adduced.
“We, therefore, quash and set aside the impugned order of 11 December, 2012 cancelling the candidature of the applicant (Mr Rathi). We remit the case back to respondents (Delhi police) to place his reply to the show cause notice before the screening committee to consider the same in an independent and dispassionate manner,” it said.
The screening committee of Delhi police was of the view that though Mr Rathi was acquitted in the criminal case, he did not disclose the facts about his involvement in the case in the application form and thus, he was provisionally selected subject to verification of his antecedents. As he had been charged with offences involving moral turpitude, the committee had found him unsuitable, but before his candidature was cancelled he was given a show-cause notice to explain his position.
However, his reply to the show-cause notice was rejected as "not convincing" by a Deputy Commissioner of Police, instead of putting it up before the committee, and his candidature was cancelled.